London, Jan 07: An undercover investigation by a leading daily has revealed disturbing evidence of Islamic extremism at a number of Britain’s leading mosques and Muslim institutions, including an organization praised by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
According to the ‘Observer’, secret video footage revealed Muslim preachers exhorting followers to prepare for jihad, to hit girls for not wearing the Hijab, and to create a “state within a state.”
Many of the preachers are linked to the Wahhabi strain of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia, which funds a number of Britain’s leading Islamic institutions.
A forthcoming channel 4 dispatches programme paints an alarming picture of how preachers in some of Britain’s most moderate mosques are urging followers to reject British laws in favour of those of Islam.
Leaders of the mosques have expressed concern at the preachers activities, saying they were unaware such views were being disseminated.
At the Sparkbrook mosque, run by UK Islamic Mission (Ukim), an organization that maintains 45 mosques in Britain and which Tony Blair has said “is extremely valued by the government for its multi-faith and multicultural activities,” a preacher is captured on film praising the Taliban.
In response to the news that a British Muslim soldier was killed fighting the Taliban, the Speaker declares: “the hero of Islam is the one who separated his head from his shoulders.”
Another Speaker says Muslims cannot accept the rule of non-Muslims. “You cannot accept the rule of non-Muslim,” a preacher, Dr Ijaz Mian, tells a meeting held within the mosque. “We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others.”
The 12-month investigation also recorded a deputy headmaster of an Islamic high school in Birmingham telling a conference at the Sparkbrook mosque that he disagrees with using the word democracy.
“They should call it… Kuffrocracy, that’s their plan. It’s the hidden cancerous aim of these people.” The Darul Uloom School said it no longer employed the teacher and that one of the reasons he resigned “was the incompatibility of many of his opinions with the policies of the school.”
Inside the Green Lane mosque in Birmingham, a preacher is recorded saying, “Allah has created the woman deficient.” A satellite broadcast from the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, beamed into the green lane mosque suggests that Muslim children should be hit if they don’t pray: “when he is seven, tell him to go and pray, and start hitting them when they are 10.”
Another preacher is heard saying that if a girl ‘doesn’t wear Hijab, we hit her.’
In a statement to channel 4, Lord Ahmed, the convener of the government’s preventing extremism taskforce, said he was worried about the programme’s consequences. “While I appreciate that exaggerated opinions make good TV, they do not make for good community relations.”